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Environmental Factor, August 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

US NTP delegation and Korean counterpartsEast meets west at international toxicology congress in Seoul

As one of global toxicology’s leading figures, NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., presented a keynote lecture July 2 and chaired sessions at the meeting.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D., OHRC director and vice-chair of the IRBNIEHS sets the standard for protocol transfers

Three Institutional Review Board protocols have been transferred from the National Institute on Aging to NIEHS oversight and three more are in progress.

Eddy Mitch, Ph.D.Mitch Eddy honored for distinguished service at SSR annual meeting

NIEHS lead researcher Edward Mitchell (Mitch) Eddy, Ph.D., received the Society for the Study of Reproduction award July 23 at the group’s annual meeting in Montreal.

AIBS logoConcept paper emphasizes environmental influences on individual organisms

Superfund Research Program grantee Dietmar Kültz, Ph.D., is the first author of a new concept paper that calls for a renewed emphasis on organismal, or integrated biology.

John Balbus, M.D.Critical gaps in household air pollution research identified Story contains video

Household air pollution from smoky inefficient cookstoves affects nearly 3 billion people, almost half the world’s population.

Water Research Foundation logoWorkshop addresses contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water Story contains video

Experts gathered at a workshop July 10-11 in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues associated with contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water.

Vishal Vaidya, Ph.D.ONES awardee honored by Burroughs Wellcome

Vishal Vaidya, Ph.D., is one of six North American scientists selected to receive 2013 Burroughs Wellcome Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards.

Gary Miller, Ph.D.Grantee Gary Miller named ToxSci editor-in-chief Story contains video

The Society of Toxicology Board of Publications announced July 23 the selection of NIEHS grantee Gary Miller, Ph.D., as editor in chief of Toxicological Sciences.

Bill Martin, M.D.Martin named dean of Ohio State University College of Public Health

Former NIEHS associate director Bill Martin, M.D., leaves a post at NIH in August to lead the College of Public Health at Ohio State University.

Participants in the University of Arizona Superfund's promotora training moduleSuperfund pilots new promotora training module in Mexico and Arizona

The University of Arizona Superfund piloted the latest promotora training module this summer on everyday health risks from environmental exposures.

Sara Quandt, Ph.D.Migrant farmworker housing fails to provide relief from heat

Researchers led by Sara Quandt, Ph.D., of Wake Forest School of Medicine, report new findings with implications for worker safety and health.

Felicia Walker-CooperDuke workshop addresses environmental justice issues in North Carolina

Environmental justice, exposure to toxic chemicals, and sustainability were the topics of a workshop hosted by the NIEHS-funded Duke University Superfund Program.

Shay Covo, Ph.D.LMG fellow begins independent career in Israel Story contains video

Former NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Genetics postdoc Shay Covo, Ph.D., began a new career in June as an assistant professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Michael FalkResearch is generational for Falk grandson

NIEHS summer intern Michael Falk is forging his own research path by working out a bioinformatics strategy as part of the Mouse Methylome Project.

Rachel HainlineIntern-led research takes center stage at 2013 summer poster session

Following three months of seminars, workshops, career panels, and research training, the 2013 NIH Summer Internship Program at NIEHS drew to a close July 25.

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Inside the Institute

Nyote Calixte of the Durham Alumnae Chapter helps with day camp studentsNIEHS volunteers support science day camp

The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority attracted more than 40 students to its 8th annual summer science day camp June 22.

Students studying at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary MedicineIt’s summertime and the visitors flock to NIEHS

NIEHS welcomes visitors all year, but when June arrives the number of guests increases dramatically as summer program students participate in tours of the Institute.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Aug 05, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Speaker Series presentation on “DNA glycosylases search for and destroy oxidized DNA bases,” by Susan Wallace, Ph.D.
  • Aug 06, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group with Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., discussing “Endocrine Disruption of Neuroendocrine Pathways”
  • Aug 08, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series presentation on "Towards the Establishment of Rapid In Vitro Assay Systems for Chemical Toxicity Using Mouse Artificial Chromosomes," by Mitsuo Oshimura, Ph.D.
  • Aug 09 (Offsite event), RTI International Dreyfus Auditorium in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core Symposium, register
  • Aug 09, webinar 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — Partnerships for Environmental Public Health “Reaching Our STEM Potential — How Can We Improve Our Performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math?” register at ( 
  • Aug 12, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Speaker Series presentation by Yves Pommier, M.D., Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Aug 14, webinar 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. — EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2013 Webinar Series, featuring Issac Pessah, Ph.D., and Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D., ( 
  • Aug 19, Keystone 2164 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — NTP Toxicology Branch Seminar on "Zebrafish as a tool for Screening and Prioritization of Chemicals for Toxicity Testing," by Arantza Muriana, Ph.D.

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Science Notebook

Rebecca BoylesBringing down the Tower of Babel in data sharing

The difficulty of developing a consistent nomenclature for searches of multiple databases was the focus of a workshop sponsored by NIEHS and EPA June 25.

Allen Dearry, Ph.D.Talking toxicogenomics and global database

More than 30 scientists from around the world involved with toxicogenomics databases attended an international meeting at NIEHS June 26-27 on how to coordinate resources.

Cynthia McMurray, Ph.D.Exciting developments in Huntington’s disease research Story contains video

The Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series continued June 27 with a lecture by Cynthia McMurray, Ph.D., on new findings about about neurodegenerative disease.

Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D.A plan for revolutionizing toxicology testing for the 21st century

A predictive toxicology toolkit seeks to revolutionize the field, opening up avenues for biomarker identification, identification of nonhazardous chemicals, and green design.

Andrew Jackson, Ph.D.LSB speaker discusses the role of RNase H2 in Aicardi- Goutieres Syndrome

A June 21 seminar at NIEHS focused on two interesting consequences of unremoved ribonucleotides misincorporated into DNA — genomic instability and growth arrest.

NIH logoNIEHS fellows honored with 2014 FARE awards

NIEHS continued its tradition of research excellence as 19 of its fellows received the 2014 Fellows Award for Research Excellence this summer.

Logo for Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP)NTP postdocs recognized with Society for Toxicologic Pathology awards

NTP postdocs won two of the three Young Investigator Awards presented at this year’s Society of Toxicologic Pathology annual meeting June 16-20 in Portland.

Logo for the Teratology SocietyNIEHS and NTP join colleagues at Teratology Society meeting

NIEHS and NTP scientists gave a number of cutting-edge talks at the society’s 53rd annual meeting June 22-26 in Tucson, Ariz.

Qamar Rahman, Ph.D.Indian scholar offers global perspective on fiber nanotoxicology

Qamar Rahman, Ph.D., dean of Research Science and Technology at Amity University in India, visited NIEHS July 19 to deliver an eye-opening talk on nanotoxicology.

Dmitry Gordenin, Ph.D. and Steven Roberts, Ph.D.NIEHS scientists find proteins involved in immunity potentially cause cancer Story contains video

A set of proteins involved in the body’s natural defenses produces a large number of mutations in human DNA, according to a new study led by researchers at NIEHS.

Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D.Watching a polymerase be unfaithful in real time

A new X-ray crystallography technique confirmed features of the computational results an NIEHS-led team generated earlier, but revealed important surprises.

Patricia Jensen, Ph.D.Using gene expression data to map the mouse brain

In a study published online July 14 in Nature Neuroscience, NIEHS neurobiologists revealed, for the first time, a roadmap of norepinephrine neurons in the rodent brain.

Leah ChibwePromising environmental health researchers receive Superfund award

Five exceptional Superfund trainees received the 2013 K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement to enrich their research in environmental health science.

Fred Tyson, Ph.D.PEPH webinar focuses on the health of our oceans Story contains video

PEPH hosted a webinar July 10 highlighting some of the cutting-edge marine research underway at two of the NIEHS/NSF Centers for Oceans and Human Health.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

This month, Environmental Health Perspectives highlights efforts to reduce pollution caused by artisanal brick kilns and implications of a Supreme Court ruling for genetic research.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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